Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
Anyone wanting to stretch their travel budget to be able to visit the greatest number America’s very best places, should be sure to consider the 10 days this year when all National Park Service areas are fee free – no entrance fees!
In the Los Alamos area, that includes both Bandelier National Monument and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP), in downtown Los Alamos, has no entrance fee.
The first fee-free day for 2017 will be this coming Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Day. The others this year will be:
February 20: Presidents Day
April 15-16 & April 22-23: the weekend days of National Park Week
August 25: Founders Day, the birthday of the National Park Service
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
The bookstore at the Bandelier Visitor Center, as well as those run by Western National Parks Association in other parks, will offer a 15% discount on everything in the store on each of the fee-free days. Bandelier Trading, the gift shop, will have discounts on selected items.
At the Valles Caldera, the bookstore (run by Los Amigos de Valles Caldera) is planning to offer a 15% discount throughout the store on each fee-free day. The Manhattan Project NHP does not yet have a bookstore.
For more information on passes, fee-free days, and other questions about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Visitor Center at (505).672.3861 x 517, or follow the park website or Facebook page.
For the Valles Caldera, call (505).829.4100 or check their website or their Facebook page, and for the Manhattan Project NHP, call (505).661.6277 or check their website or Facebook page.